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1  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Navajo Plying Question on: March 19, 2008 08:05:17 AM
Ang - I guess my suggestion/question is to see if maybe you're under-plying the yarn? Remember that the yarn winding onto the bobbin has less twist in it than the plied yarn leaving your hands. Every time the yarn touches a point (the orifice, flyer hook, etc.), it loses just a bit of twist so in most cases, you should add more than you think you need. Also check the yarn on the bobbin occasionally at first to make sure it still has enough twist.

I tend to get a pretty balanced yarn when I navajo ply and if it isn't balanced off the wheel, a long soak in hot water and some vigorous handling/thwacking tend to even it out. I don't add much more twist for a navajo ply than I do for a 2-ply except in the first and last several feet of singles to make sure it doesn't drift apart when I'm starting. This is some fingering weight navajo plied BFL that's pretty much fresh off the wheel with no setting. It's pretty much balanced and setting the twist will make it completely balanced. I hope this helps.

2  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fibre Friday 01-18-2008 on: January 18, 2008 11:50:12 AM
I haven't done any spinning in ages and then after a spin in public thing at my LYS to promote spinning this past Sunday, I haven't stopped.

I received a Funky Carolina fiber sampler of 12 different colors and fibers. They're being spun into fingering weight skeins of 4 fibers each and will be knit into a shawl.

left to right: soysilk, merino (green), superwash BFL, falkland

right to left across middle section:  BFL, superwash merino, tencel, superfine adult alpaca (the blue starts the merino again)

I love the two skeins together. I'm working on the third skein, which is faux cashmere (nylon), two colors of superwash merino and a merino/tencel blend.

The brown skein is a navajo plied Falkland from Fat Cat Knits named Lars in the Sun. The purple is a two-ply superwash merino, Nightmare from Funky Carolina.

Merino, commercially prepared/dyed top. 350-ish yards light fingering weight.

The second sampler skein & Lars still need to be set, but I'm putting it off until I have the third skein done.
3  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Sugar Skull Beads on: October 19, 2007 08:03:27 AM
I'm so glad you all like them Grin. I haven't been able to do much with clay lately because my oven went out of commission during a kitchen refinishing. The kitchen is nearly all back together & the oven is back in its spot, so I see myself working on all sorts of beads this weekend.
4  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday 10/05/07 on: October 05, 2007 07:48:27 AM
Oh, pretty!

I recently got a Kromski Sonata and took some Funky Carolina superwash merino for a whirl. The second is the last bit of spinning I did on a borrowed Ashford Traditional; BFL from Gale's Art, a local dyer. I'm craving more fiber, but a kitchen refinish and waiting to see what I find at SAFF in a couple weeks have thwarted my spinning ambitions.

Salty - 4oz sport weight

Cherry Blossom - 4oz fingering weight
5  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Sugar Skull Beads on: October 05, 2007 07:29:49 AM
 Grin Thanks, everyone! I think the skulls have started to take over as they're everywhere in my studio.

did you paint on the designs or are they done with clay also?

I'd considered doing the whole thing out of clay, but then the realization that I would probably be mass producing them kicked in. Each skull is hand sculpted. I tried using a mold, but that actually took more time. After they've cured, I attack them with acrylic paints and glaze them to protect the paint.
6  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Sugar Skull Beads on: October 04, 2007 10:25:14 AM
It seems everyone has skulls on the mind this time of year Wink I've been turning them into stitch markers, but a friend of mine has requested earrings as well. The beads pictured are translucent white & glow-in-the-dark. They're each just under 1/2" long.

7  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Because It's Wednesday on: May 23, 2007 06:40:12 AM
As much as I love browsing the Fiber Friday offerings, it seems that it has fostered the mindset that posting new yarns throughout the week shouldn't be done. People save up their creations, waiting for Friday, and it seems the Completed Projects board suffers from a lack of activity because of it. Don't get me wrong, I think it's great to have a thread showcasing everyone's hard work, but wouldn't a some inspiration during the week help people sit down and do a little more spinning, giving us more fiber to oogle every day and not just Friday?

In that spirit, here's my random offering. 128 yds of Corriedale in Strawberry Fields from Spunky Eclectic's fiber club. The fiber was given to me by a friend who wasn't thrilled with the colors. I'm undecided Smiley

8  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Antique wheel with a double drive--- help me set it up! on: May 21, 2007 08:26:45 PM
I use candle wicking for my drive band and it works great. I hope you've got the wheel up and running  Smiley
9  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber friday 5/18 on: May 21, 2007 08:10:19 AM
rubysdaughter, ednathewitch, can I just say? Damn, I wish my singles came out that consistent!

I was thinking the same thing! How long have y'all been spinning? Do you have any 'secret tricks' for us beginners? 

I've given up on "pre-drafting" because I find it slow & it really cuts into my spinning time. I just split the roving into smaller and smaller strips until it's close to the thickness I want for the single. This cuts down on the amount of drafting you have to do while spinning and, for me, leads to more uniform singles since I don't have to really think about drafting.

Divide your roving into roughly the same size strips & you'll end up spinning roughly the same consistency single. I pull a length of roving into 6 or more strips because I lean toward spinning a finer yarn.
10  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber friday 5/18 on: May 18, 2007 07:12:03 AM
It occured to me that the fiber wasn't going to spin itself. This is 3oz of "sea mist" merino and silk I picked up at a LYS. The plan is to ply this with chocolate merino and see what happens. I only have two bobbins for my out of production wheel and haven't been able to try my had at using a lathe yet, so I'm all about plying from balls.

The at night, flash photo shows how pale the wool really is.



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